18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h
1
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Dallas

3
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Bachelor Loop and Christ of the Desert Monastary will appeal to history buffs. Creede Underground Mining Museum and Lantern Dancer will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pagosa Springs: Creede (North Clear Creek Falls, Creede Historic Museum, & more). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planning tool .

Dallas to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Dallas to Pagosa Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dallas in June, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Creede, Christ of the Desert Monastary
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North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls
Christ of the Desert Monastary ©
Christ of the Desert Monastary
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum..

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park travel route tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center and Scenic Aperture Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aztec Ruins National Monument and Wines of the San Juan. When in Durango, make a side trip to see Berg/Animas Trail in Farmington, approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, Wines of the San Juan, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Berg/Animas Trail
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Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Zipline
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Sun), hike along Yankee Boy Basin, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and finally hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, then examine the collection at Ute Indian Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Ute Indian Museum, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Rocky Mountains and Rio Grande Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Aspen Golf and Tennis Club. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail in Glenwood Springs, approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Buttermilk Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, and hike along Difficult Creek Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Aspen to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then take an in-depth tour of Estes Park Museum, and finally trek along Cub Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in June, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Cub Lake Trail ©
Cub Lake Trail

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, Steamboat Springs is little chillier than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 78°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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